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US Coast Guard confirms two Gulf oil spill clean up workers have died
The US Coast Guard is reporting that two of the workers involved in cleaning up the Gulf oil spill have died.
As of June 11th, 71 oil spill clean up workers have been hospitalized in Louisiana, due to exposure to vapors from the toxic disbursants.
Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Daily Beast, “"We're very concerned about the impact of the disaster on the public health of people in the gulf region."
CBS News reports, “Seven weeks into the oil spill crisis, there is still confusion and uncertainty about how to protect the people cleaning up the mess. Commercial fisherman George Jackson was overcome by fumes while inspecting boom; BP gave him no protective gear.
Earlier in the crisis, BP CEO Tony Hayward attributed the sickness of clean up workers to
“food poisoning,” despite suggestions by medical experts that the symptoms of food poisoning are very different from findings from exposure to toxic chemicals.
No details have been released about the deaths of the two clean up workers.